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5 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 2 0 You recently took to social media to host a Q&A about the coronavirus. What surprised you most about the response? In academic literature, it takes months or even years to prepare research for publication — months to get it accepted and months more for it to be published and seen by a select group of experts in a narrow field. I decided to do the Q&A one Saturday morning, set it up within hours and overnight it had reached well over 50,000 viewers. The questions were exactly what we're hearing from patients and clinicians. You can tell people are hungry for believable, unvar- nished and concrete information about this scary pandemic. It was gratifying to get such positive feedback about the session. Infection prevention professionals are in the spot- light. What do you hope will come out of this increased exposure? The major failures of the U.S. pandemic response, partic- ularly in comparison to other countries like South Korea, have shown powerfully that to prevent infection we need to invest in our public health infrastructure. We need strong capacity for testing and contact tracing, particu- larly as we re-open the economy. Q & A Making Sense of the COVID-19 Crisis Timothy P. Lahey, MD, MMSC Infectious Disease Doctor and Medical Ethicist

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